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US BOEM approves construction of Empire Wind’s 2 GW offshore projects

January 26, 2024

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has approved the construction and operation plans for the Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2 offshore wind projects, which are located on the shores of New York and New Jersey and have a combined total capacity of more than 2 GW.

The permit is a significant milestone for the project, allowing work in the federal lease area to begin later this year.

Empire Wind is a combination of two offshore projects, Empire Wind 1 and Empire Wind 2. The facility, which will be constructed in a federal lease area about 12 nautical miles south of Long Island, will consist of 147 turbines and will provide electricity to the state of New York through a link to the grid between Brooklyn and Long Beach. The 57-turbine Empire Wind 1 and 90-turbine Empire Wind 2 will be electrically separated and independent of one another.

The state of New York intends to produce 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035. At the federal level, the United States plans to build 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 15 GW of floating wind capacity by 2035. By the end of 2023, over 10 GW of wind power capacity was under construction and over 60 GW was under development.

Source: Energy Ghana